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Barcelona step closer to winning MLS franchise

El Mundo Deportivo is reporting FC Barcelona has received a draft contract for the MLS franchise in Miami and it is expected that by mid-February, perhaps before the 15th, the agreement will be made official. Marcelo Claure, president of Brightstar Corporation, who are putting together the franchise bid said "the Barca-USA with headquarters in Miami is the team not only of all Latinos in the United States, but for all football fans".

He added: "We'll have a beautiful stadium with a capacity of around 20 thousand spectators."

Barca-USA with their Miami bid are up against Ottawa, Vancouver, Portland and St. Louis for the two franchise placements due in 2011.

MLS has stated it will make a final decision in March 2009.

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